NC Nature Preserves



If you are someone who believes that insect-eating plants are interesting (and not creepy), then you should definitely put Green Swamp on your list. Home to over 21 species of native orchids, 14 kinds of insectivorous plants species and more than a dozen rare animals, the Green Swamp Preserve features a large longleaf forest that is maintained by controlled burning.

There is scope for activity too – from the 1.5 mile out-and-back flat trail that will take visitors through various savannas, to board walking through thick shrubs. Visitors are welcome in the Green Swamp every day, all year round.


Contact Information:

Address: The Nature Conservancy, Southeast Coastal Plain Office, 2807 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28403

Phone: (910) 395-5000



Weymouth Woods Preserve

Yes, it is a reserve, focused on preserving something. In this case: preserving the longleaf pine forest along with the animals and plants which thrive on it. But it also offers a chance for visitors to unwind either by doing an activity or by enjoying the sheer beauty of nature.

Spread over an area of 900 acres, Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve offers a unique combination of offering activities while working for a specific cause. The preserve has a guided tour system in place, and offers a network of short and easy trails that make for enjoyable and invigorating hikes. It also has a visitor center that offers museum-like exhibits which showcase, among many different things related to nature, the longleaf forest and its history, as well as the flora and fauna that forms a part of its ecosystem.

The forest itself is a spectacle with trees old and new, large expanses of wiregrass, and rare-to-find plant and animal species, and makes for a great place to go bird-watching or observing wildlife. If you want to spend a quiet, enjoyable, challenge-free time, this is the place to be.

Contact Information:

Address: 1024 Ft. Bragg Road, Southern Pines, NC 28387

Phone: 910-692-2167